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Loyola Students, Others Hold Watch Parties For Papal Mass

WASHINGTON (WJZ) -- In a few hours, Pope Francis will hold Mass in DC and more than 25,000 people are expected to watch. Before the Mass, the Pope traveled to the White House, where he was warmly greeted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Linh Bui reports Marylanders are very excited by the Pope's arrival and visit.

Morning Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen featured prayers for Pope Francis.

"Pope Francis' coming reminds us to rekindle our enthusiasm for our faither," said Father Janurious Jamamoy, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

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This is the day many have been waiting for.

"He brings the peace and kindness and gentleness to all people. He is definitely for the very poor of the world and we're just thrilled that he's coming to our land," said Mary Shelley Darling Knach.

When the Pope holds a Mass in DC Wednesday afternoon, about 100 priests and deacons from the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be there. They boarded buses just before noon, headed for the historic moment.

"I don't know how close we're going to get but I'm looking forward to celebrating with him and being in his presence," said Pastor Vincent Gluc.

"Because he's a great man and his simplicity and his humility and everything that he has to say---and does, which is more important than saying---is an example to the world," said Father Robert Albright.

For those watching the Mass from Baltimore, it was still very exciting and emotional. Loyola University organized a watch party for students.

"It means a lot to be able to see a person who's made such a difference---not just in the Catholic world but in the world in general," said one student.

The celebrations and excitement will continue. There's another Papal Mass on Saturday in Philadelphia.

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